Mahara is an e-portfolio tool that allows users (staff and students) to create a record or portfolio of their learning. This record is likely to comprise of various electronic artefacts such as files, images and videos. Think of it as an electronic pinboard or journal in which to record your learner journey.
Mahara began in New Zealand in 2006. The Mahara project team chose the name Mahara because in Te Reo Māori, “mahara” means “to think, thinking, thought”. E-portfolios allow users to reflect on their studies and share their thoughts with their selected user community.
Mahara is available at RAU and those involved in learning and teaching are starting to think about how it can be utilised as an assessment mechanism. You can access Mahara through Gateway – see a link in the top menu bar. if you are interested in finding out more take a look at this introduction page.
We will be sharing our Mahara stories on the blog.